The village of Old Bank itself has no beach, but it does have a number of jetties where you can chill. From the harbor you can walk to Wizard Beach on the other side of the island in about 30 minutes. You can also choose to go with a water taxi from Old Bank to Red Frog Beach. If you have a little more time, it is also nice to take a water taxi to the surrounding islands, such as the paradise of Isla Caranero.
Water taxi prices from Old Bank (Bastimentos port):
– Red Frog beach: $ 5 per person each way
– Caranero: $ 3 per person each way
– Bocas Town (Colon): $ 3 per person each way
If you stay in Old Bank, you can walk to Wizard Beach. This is a nice walk of approximately 30 minutes to the other side of the island. From the harbor you first follow the path along the coast to the right, until you come across signs where you must turn left. There you start a climb that can be done with some condition. Do bring enough water, sunscreen and mosquito repellent. After about half an hour of climbing and descending through the green nature, you will arrive at surf beach Wizard Beach. The sea is quite rough, ideal for surfing but due to the high waves a little less suitable for swimming. Keep in mind that there are no restaurants or bars, so bring your own food and drinks. The beach is guarded by the police and closes in the afternoon between 4 and 5 pm. No entrance fee is requested.
Tip: you can also walk to Wizard Beach via the eco-farm ‘Up in the Hill’. There you can get a tour and have a coffee break. It’s a longer / more challenging walk if you walk through the eco-farm but you can just follow the signs from the village.
Red frog beach
One of the most famous beaches of the Bocas del Toro archipelago is Red Frog Beach. This island gets its name, how else could it be, the red frogs that you can find there. The beach can be reached by water taxi from the surrounding islands. On arrival you pay $ 5 per person to be allowed to enter the nature reserve. Immediately after the entrance we saw two sloths sitting in the tree and then we walked via the caiman pool (which we unfortunately did not spot) to the beautiful beach. Just the walk was wonderful and already worthwile! Red Frog Beach is a vast beach where it is a bit busier than for example at Wizard Beach, but where you still have enough space. There are a few beach bars at Red Frog where you can get some food / drink, and if you really want to do well you can stay at the paradisiacal Palmar Beach Lodge.
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